UK journalist turns real chowkidar as London police arrest Nirav Modi after his report

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 19:47 IST A UK-based newspaper had posted a video of their interaction with Nirav Modi in London.Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi has finally been arrested.The arrest of the billionaire diamantaire by the London authorities on March 19 came less than two weeks after a UK-based daily spotted him in London.So, it seems that the UK journalist turned out to be the real chowkidar in the case of Nirav Modi, who is wanted for loan default. Nirav Modi had fled the country in the first week of January last year.On March 9, in an exclusive report the UK Telegraph posted a report along with a video on Twitter claiming that Nirav Modi was living openly in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London’s West End and running a new diamond business.The 48-year-old Modi was tracked down to a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block of luxury apartments, where rent is estimated to be around 17,000 pounds a month.The video released by the newspaper showed Nirav Modi sporting a jacket made from “Ostrich hide” worth over Rs 9 lakh as he repeatedly answered “no comment” to all questions posed by the reporter.NIRAV MODI’S ARREST CAME AS SURPISE: UK JOURNALISTMick Brown, the Telegraph journalist who tracked sown Nirav Modi, said arrest of the fugitive came as a surprise to him.Speaking to India Today outside the London court after it denied bail to Nirav Modi, the UK daily journalist said the decision of the court was on expected lines.WHAT HAPPENED AFTER UK DAILY’S REPORTAfter the report of Nirav Modi being spotted in London was made public, the UK Home Secretary moved his extradition file to the Westminster court in London.advertisementThe Ministry of External Affairs had reacted to the exclusive report and said the government was aware of Nirav Modi’s presence in London and was taking steps for his extradition. The MEA also said Nirav Modi’s extradition request is under the United Kingdom government’s consideration.The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) then filed supplementary chargesheet in the Nirav Modi case. The chargesheet was filed in Mumbai.On March 18, sources said Nirav Modi was all set to arrested by the London authorities. These sources told India Today TV that a provisional arrest warrant against the celebrity diamond trader had been issued by the Westminster court and that the arrest was only a matter of time.Two days later, media reports confirmed that Nirav Modi was arrested from a metro station in London.The Opposition has repeatedly slammed the Narendra Modi government of having “slept and snoozed” while fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi set up a diamond business in London after fleeing the country with the support of a firm linked to the Panama Papers.It asked the government why it could not trace him globe-trotting, despite having the resources of all the probe agencies at its disposal.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had remarked that Narendra Modi was trying to spin the chowkidar narrative after he was caught stealing from the people.”When he became prime minister, Modi said make me Chowkidar, he didn’t say make the whole country Chowkidar,” Rahul Gandhi had said in Bengaluru.”Whose Chowkidari did he do? Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi,” Rahul Gandhi had added.ALSO READ | Return of Nirav Modi will open a can of wormsWATCH | All you need to know about the Nirav Modi scam For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda UK journalist turns real chowkidar as London police arrest Nirav Modi after his reportIt seems the UK journalist turned out to be the real chowkidar in the case of Nirav Modi after he spotted the most-wanted man of India in London.advertisementlast_img